Ciao! Manhattan- June 14th

Ciao! Manhattan (1972)
English- Avant garde Drama
Not Rated
Runtime- 84 min.
dir. John Palmer and David Weisman

Avant garde movies are typically kind of strange to modern movie goers.  Imagine a movie in that unique style that documents the “Silver Sixties”, then falls apart because of the subject matter, only to be picked up post-mortem and turned into a historical recounting of those events.

Yeah, weird.

Story/Writing: 1/2

The seams are very easy to see, as the plot has a very evident “on again, off again” feel.  It is still impressive to see that the crew was able to make something comprehensible out of the abandoned footage.

Acting: 1/2

Some of the actors do the best with what they have, but several of the leads just didn’t seem to care much about the film.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

Cool sets, but sometimes the shooting style doesn’t take advantage of them.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

A lot of neat ideas that just come up a little flat because of the rest of the movie.

Misc: 1/2

Weird, but not necessarily the good kind of weird.


I suppose if you’re into that avant garde stuff you may be entertained, but the regular viewer should probably stay away.

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